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Rat Races

Updated on December 5, 2010

On your march, get set, GO

I want out

It has no face

Tired of the cat-N-mouse chase

Where's the rat in this race

I don't have to play catch up

To me, there's really no match up

With anyone, I'm in no competition

I always begin from the finish line

Working my way back to the start

Maybe, I'm a steady pacer

A machine of stride racer

Constantly, tiptoeing on eggshells

Jogging to stay on track

Running errands around it

to please everyone, but myself

A gold medal I suppose

The restricted Olympics

Let me pull to the side and catch my breath

Can't adjust to people's expected speed of me

I'm dashing through the meters

Who's getting me to the yards

What is wanted from me

No one really cares

I move like the tortoise versus the hare

Going up a questionable stair

to one day inhale the heavenly air

©2009, Alphonso Taylor. All rights reserved. No republication of this material, in any form or medium, is permitted without express permission of the author.


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      Alphonso Taylor 7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, steffsings! Yes, I'm always trying to find real meaning in life as its very personal to me. I'm in that never ending race until I finally find it.

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      steffsings 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      Inspiring poem. Very personal but speaks volumes about the never ending 'race' we're all running to start, finish, or just to find real meaning in life.

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      Alphonso Taylor 7 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, Dviews! I really appreciate your feedback.

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      Catherine D. 7 years ago from Canada

      Alphonso this is a very beautiful poem. I love the Rhyme and Rhythm and your play on words as it flows like music every word so sweet. Keep it up!